Quilt Backing Ideas

My favorite challenge lately when making quilts is to add some fun character to the backing.  No more plain boring backs on your quilts!  Here are a few new quilt backing ideas for you to consider.


This is the quilt backing for my Flowering Snowball Quilt.

Buying 4-5 yards of fabric for the backing of a quilt can add up fast.  Here are some ideas of how you can piece your quilt backing to use up scraps and not have to buy more fabric.  Let start with the traditional way to piece the backing fabric of your quilt.  Using fabric that is purchased 42-44 inches wide, these are your options:


Using the same fabric for the whole back, you would need anywhere from 3.5 to 5 yards (or even more!) depending on the size of your quilt.   To  create a fun pieced back to your quilt, I just buy one length of fabric (the length of your quilt, approx. 2 yards) and then use scraps to fill in the rest of the needed width.  Here are a few ideas of how to do this:


Now that I’ve got you thinking, I thought you could come up with some of your own ideas.  Here is a blank sheet of pretend little quilts for you to doodle on and come up with your own backing patterns.


Download Quilt Backing Planner Printable

I have a few more quilts in the works with fun backings on them, I can’t wait to show your more!


27 Responses to Quilt Backing Ideas

  1. Elsie 07/18/2016 at 9:13 am #

    Very nice good ideas thanks for the info we can always use more ideas

  2. MELISSA SHEEHAN 08/24/2016 at 3:58 am #

    It was fantastic to see your quilt backing creations! I love doing this and coming up with a new design! I like to use up my scraps as well as fabric isn’t always cheap. My quilting friends always want to look at my quilt backs!! So thankyou so much for sharing your ideas!

  3. Julie Brill 01/02/2017 at 3:58 pm #

    I love interesting quilt backs. I’m working on one now. Since I do linear quilting, I am wrestling with how to match up the seams on the quilt top and quilt back…and how to keep the backing panel straight. How is that accomplished?

    • Glenda Nicastro 04/17/2017 at 3:59 pm #

      I try not to have seams match up and piece off centre to reduce seam bulk. QAYG is one way to use many different fabrics on backing.

    • D Witthaus 05/18/2018 at 10:39 am #

      I saw on another site for sandwiching a quilt that you should fold your top in half and then in half again so it ends up into a quarter fold. Put a pin at the point of the center of all these folds and that will be your center to match up to the backing. Also put a pin at the end of your quilt in the center of the horizontal and vertical fold. Repeat all the same steps with your backing. Then use the pins as guides to line up your center point of the quilt top and backing, the vertical and horizontal center points. Everything should be relatively lined up then.

  4. Beth holness 01/22/2017 at 8:12 pm #

    Hi, I have always considered the backing of a quilt as the B side and worthy of attention. I live in Australia, where summer is 9 months of the year . If I make a quilt it can be 2 colourways in one. Browns on the top and purples on the backing and quilted in brown thread.When the quilt isn’t in use either side can be shown adding interest in any room.

  5. homeia 12/27/2017 at 9:25 pm #

    So thankyou so much for sharing your ideas!

  6. Alice 03/10/2018 at 9:27 pm #

    I have a friend who makes two quilts the same size and puts them together with one for the back so she won’t have so many quilts to store. Why had I not thought of this.

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  8. homespiration 01/23/2019 at 9:44 pm #

    Thank so much for sharing your ideas!

  9. Debbie 01/26/2019 at 10:00 pm #

    I love doing different backs. But sometimes I have trouble figuring out the measurements. Is there an easy way to do them? Just wondering….

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